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Neuro Kinetics assists in the development of a Diabetic Retinopathy Diagnostic Device

UCLA Continues Testing As Manufacturer Seeks to Expand Utility of its I-Portal® Technology for Retinal Conditions

 PITTSBURGH, PA, USA (May 7, 2012) — Neuro Kinetics, Inc. (NKI) (www.neuro-kinetics.com), global manufacturers and marketers of precision eye-tracking and noninvasive medical diagnostic equipment used primarily for neurophysiologic and neuro-otologic testing, said today that it will partner with the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine’s Wilmer Eye Institute in clinical trials of I-Portal® Retinopathy, the company’s new diabetic retinopathy diagnostic device.

 The upcoming clinical trials at Johns Hopkins complement clinical trials of the ophthalmic diagnostic device now underway at the University of California Los Angeles’ (UCLA’s) Jules Stein Eye Institute.

 NKI said that its alliance with Johns Hopkins stems from a recently expanded Phase II Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) grant awarded to the company by the National Institutes of Health. The controlled-population clinical trials are expected to begin this month and last for about one year, and will be conducted under a Hopkins’ Institutional Review Board.

 “We look forward to working with the Wilmer Eye Institute and continuing our clinical trials with the Jules Stein Eye Institute,” said J. Howison Schroder, NKI CEO and president. “We see great potential for NKI’s I-Portal Retinopathy’s non-invasive, objective and cost-effective technology. We are honored to have the support of two such notable institutions.”

 Diabetic retinopathy, a leading cause of blindness in working adults, is a condition that damages the eye’s retina due to high blood glucose levels. About seven million people in the United States alone suffer from diabetic retinopathy and close to half of them remain undiagnosed. Diabetic retinopathy can be an early indicator of diabetes.

 Schroeder said that as the crisis of diabetes grows unabated, the need for more accurate and earlier detection of diabetic retinopathy is imperative.

 “Clearly, the world’s healthcare systems face a real challenge in confronting diabetes,” he said. “Our goal is build on our I-Portal technology’s demonstrated success in detecting disease and offer new diagnostic solutions for diabetic retinopathy and other retinal disease sufferers and those who care for them.”

 

NEURO KINETICS, INC.

Neuro Kinetics, Inc. (NKI) is the world leader in eye tracking technology and non-invasive neuro-otologic diagnostic testing. Central to its product mix and technological advances is the premise that the eye is the portal to the brain. Research has shown the detection of abnormal eye reflexes can indicate the presence of over 200 diseases and medical conditions

For more than 25 years, NKI has supplied comprehensive neuro-otologic diagnostic tools to audiologists, ENT’s, neuro-otologists, neuro-ophthalmologists and neurologists around the globe. The company’s patented products include the I-Portal® NOTC (Neuro-Otologic Test Center), I-Portal® VNG (Video Nystagmography) and I-Portal® VOG (Video Oculography), along with related accessories, software, training and support services.

For more information contact Neuro Kintetics at www.neuro-kinetics.com     or contact AIM!

Trades Training Center for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Youth

Bali, Indonesia – a Rotary Project

Staff at AIM are proud to support a Rotary Project to construct a Trades Training Center for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Youth in Bali, Indonesia.

Nick Liem, Vikki MacKay, and Jim Renshaw are all active members of Rotary and extensively involved in a number of programs for Hearing Impaired Children in Bali.  Currently they are supporting fundraising efforts by the Rotary Club of Lions Gate North Vancouver, and The Rotary Club of Burnaby in their efforts to raise funds for this worthwhile project.

Vikki MacKay with Catur children

Rotarian Vikki with children from Catur

About the Project:

The Concept:

The concept of this project is to create a learning and apprenticeship environment that will enable the young deaf and hearing impaired  adults to gain a variety of trade and life skills.

This is envisioned to begin at the Secondary School level where projects can be cooperatively initiated with the SLBB Schools for the Deaf that will see the development of vocational training courses for the students. Projects may include teacher training components, equipment supplies, literature, or other relevant items. Students taking these courses will be exposed to a variety of

Nick at the pig farm

Rotarian Nick at the pig farm

vocational experiences that will assist them in choosing a path once they enter the Trades Training School.

A Trades Training School will also be constructed, operated and managed by the non-profit agency, Yayasan Corti. Concurrently, Yayasan Corti will establish an organic farming component, initially focusing on a pig farm development to raise funds for Corti’s for daily operations. In this way the school will become self-sustaining.

The farm will provide both an active training ground for the practice of the skills gained, and also a means of earning the income that will make the operation fully independent and sustainable. The skills the students learn will be professionally taught and the knowledge they gain will give them employable skills so that they may lead independent and productive lives where ever they choose to live.

This is a project supported by the Humanitarian organization of Rotary.

Please Join This Wonderful Rotary International Project!

For more information contact:

Elizabeth Chong                                    or                         Vikki MacKay

Rotary Club of Lions Gate                                                Rotary Club of Burnaby

North Vancouver,  B.C.                                                     Burnaby, B.C.

Canada                                                                                      Canada

elizabethchong@shaw.ca                                                 hlliem@hotmail.com

 

 

 

Inventis Audiometers Now Available in Canada

Manufactured in Canada for Inventis by AIM

 

Inventis Harp

Inventis Harp Diagnostic Audiometer

Inventis Harp Diagnostic Audiometer

An advanced diagnostic audiometer, capable of performing fast and accurate air, bone and speech audiometric exams, including free field. Impressive features combined with ease of use make Harp the ideal choice for a wide range of users, from private doctors to hospitals and clinics.

The models: Harp is available in two configurations to suit different user needs: Basic and Plus.

 

 

Inventis Piano

Inventis Piano Clinical Audiometer

Inventis Piano Clinical Audiometer

An advanced clinical audiometer featuring a complete battery of tests, including High Frequency, easily managed via the wide touch screen colour display. Advanced features, supreme flexibility and extreme simplicity of use make Piano the ideal choice for clinics and hospitals, as well as for professional practitioners who demand the very best from their instruments. Piano is available in two configurations to suit different user needs: Basic and Plus.

“Basic” model : The Basic model provides familiar manual and automated pure tone audiometry and speech audiometry, as well as ABLB, Tone Decay, SISI, Difference Limen Intensity (DLI), Monaural Loudness Balancing (MLB) and Stenger tests and includes a 2 channels Master Hearing Aid.
“Plus” model:  The Plus model offers all the features of the Basic, plus Multi Frequency, High Frequency, Bekesy and Masking Level Difference (MLD) exams.

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Inventis Bell

Inventis Bell Screening Audiometer

Inventis Bell Screening Audiometer

A screening/diagnostic audiometer, capable of performing fast and accurate air and bone audiometric exams. Simple operation, a user-friendly interface and easy portability make Bell the ideal instrument for private clinics, multi-specialist clinics and occupational medicine applications.

Amplify Speech with Clarity

For the best possible learning experience children must be able to hear the teacher’s voice clearly in class. Unfortunately this is not always possible. Factors such as classroom noise,distance between teacher and students, and challenging classroom acoustics can make understanding the teacher difficult, even for children with normal hearing.

Eliminate Vocal Strain

In noisy classes a teacher may also have to raise their voice to be clearly heard. This can lead to deterioration in their vocal health and also influences their class management.

New Wireless Technology

These reasons are why soundfield technology was born. A soundfield system consists of a wireless microphone and one or more loudspeakers which amplify the teacher’s voice around the class. As a result, students hear and understand the teacher’s directions more easily, which in turn leads to improved student performance and a happier, stronger voiced teacher.

Benefits for children

Improved sentence recognition ability

Increased attention, interaction and participation

Quicker acquisition of reading, writing and numeracy skills

Easier deciphering of language in early learning years

Better understanding of teacher for non-native speakers

Expanded seating options for students with attention deficit issues

Benefits for teachers

Reduced vocal strain and fatigue

Aids class instruction and management

Fewer discipline problems through improved voice-control of students

Less stress

Improved in-class mobility

One easy-to-use system suited to normal hearing and hearing-impaired students

Easy to use

Dynamic SoundField by Phonak ushers in a new era in classroom amplification. This mobile and future-proof system offers industry-leading sound performance, fully automated and optimized settings, and hassle-free integration with Phonak’s FM systems for hearing impaired children. Just plug it in, turn on and teach!

I-Portal NOTC

The I-Portal NOTC with Dynamic Off Vertical Axis Rotation and Goggles

Note: Investigational use only. Neuro Kinetics, Inc. does not have FDA clearance for mTBI or concussion indications.

Sports Medicine Concussion Research

An important high school athlete study is underway to refine and validate the I-Portal® test battery.  NKI is collecting base line data at the beginning of the sports season to compare post trauma for head injuries sustained during the season.

Traumatic Brain Injury

Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) is the result of a blunt blow, jolt or blast overpressure to the head that disrupts brain function. The terms mild TBI (mTBI) and concussion are commonly used interchangeably, and have been linked with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. The severity of head injuries range from a brief change in mental status or consciousness to extended unconsciousness and amnesia. In severe or multiple concussion cases, personality changes can occur with devastating results.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that at least 3.17 million Americans currently have a long-term or lifelong need for help to perform activities of daily living as a result of a TBI. Currently there is no accepted clinical method to objectively detect mTBI.

Neuro Kinetics  Neuro-Otologic Test Devices

NKI’s comprehensive I-Portal® neuro-otologic test devices are in wide use as a diagnostic tool for early disease detection by audiologists, ENT’s, neuro-otologists, neuro-ophthalmologist, and neurologists all over the world. The same multimodal tool is being used in research applications to detect mTBI and to monitor recovery from head trauma.

The I-Portal® tests are neuro-physiologic; measuring the eye’s response to various motion, oculomotor, and optokinetic stimuli. Early data shows I-Portal® tests can detect abnormalities resulting from head trauma even when structural imaging technologies show no damage. The test battery also suggests the data is significantly more objective than current neuro-psychological tests that rely partially on patient self diagnosis.

NKI is collaborating with military and sports medicine researchers to study new methods to objectively diagnose and monitor blast and blunt force head trauma.Our battery of tests can help examiners use and compare baseline data to post trauma data to make better return to play and return to duty decisions.

Video Otoscope – The Delfino!

Available for the first time in Canada through AIM Instrumentation!

Video Otoscope

Wireless Delfino Video Otoscope!

Wireless Video Otoscopy!

Delfino is the evolution of the traditional otoscope: the small and ergonomic hand piece allows the operator to see, capture and store top-quality images of the ear canal.

Inventis srl:

Delfino is produced by Inventis srl,  an Italian company operating in the field of health care.

In the head offices in Padua, Inventis develops, manufactures and sells high-technology medical devices dedicated to the ENT and Audiology specialists.  Inventis was established in 2005 by a team of engineers with a strong experience in the development of devices and software for the medical doctors.

Inventis developed in few years a broad product line covering the fields of Audiology, Medical Video and Phoniatrics, used by a fast growing number of professionals worldwide.  All this with the maximum patient and operator comfort,  thanks to the wireless feature.

Best of VEST Update

BEST OF VEST™ UPDATE!

NKI’s 6.10 Version Has Some Hidden Talents

Since our update in May, VEST™ 6.10 has been in the hands of our maintenance and software subscription customers. With the help of Bloomsburg and Gallaudet Universities, we put VEST 6.10 through the most rigorous and extensive testing of any software version we have introduced – and it shows! The support calls for 6.10 have been lower than any previous release. As a result the feedback has been quite positive.

In addition, we built into 6.10 the functionality to add on new utilities. The first is called VEST™ ADATA (Advanced Data Management Utility).

The ADATA utility, now available for purchase, facilitates the statistical analysis of large volumes of patient data, and streamlines the analysis required for a paper or presentation.

VEST users could always download raw patient data into an Excel or ASCME file for further analysis. VEST ADATA enables the use of database queries to collect the test results from an entire patient population for a more sophisticated statistical analysis. Users can query the database to capture select groups or tests across all groups.

Such a utility is invaluable for a clinic collecting its own normative data or for a research study focusing on a given patient population, such as those diagnosed with BPPV or mTBI (concussion). A few of the benefits of VEST ADATA include:

Eliminates manual export and/or re-entry of test results

Sets up a database for efficient statistical analysis of large volumes of data

Streamlines the analysis required for a paper or presentation

Also, we have scheduled the next major software release: VEST 7.0. Vest 7.0 is scheduled to be complete by the end of the year. More details will be available later but an early look at some inclusions are a new report generator, enhanced video recording and migration to Windows® 7.

As you have come to expect, Neuro Kinetics continues to be The Innovator.

New software releases are available for purchase and include a one year subscription. Contract customers, of course, receive all new versions as soon as they are released in addition to unlimited technical phone, web enabled and email support.

We don’t think you will want to miss VEST 7.0; please contact us to learn more.

For more information about VEST or any other NKI product or service, please contact Neuro Kinetics at +1.412.963.6649 or via e-mail to info@neuro-kinetics.com.

About Neuro Kinetics, Inc.

Neuro Kinetics, Inc. (NKI) is the world leader in eye-tracking technology and non-invasive neuro-otologic diagnostic testing. Central to its product mix and technological advances is the premise that the eye is the portal to the brain. Research has shown the detection of abnormal eye reflexes can indicate the presence of more than 200 diseases and medical conditions.

For more than 25 years, NKI has supplied multi-modal neuro-otologic diagnostic tools to audiologists, ENT’s, neuro-otologists, neuro-ophthalmologists and neurologists around the globe. The company’s patented products include the I-Portal® NOTC (Neuro-Otologic Test Center), I-Portal® VNG (Video Nystagmography) and I-Portal® VOG (Video Oculography), along with related accessories, software, training and support services.

VEST™ 6.10 NOW AVAILABLE FOR DOWNLOADING

VEST™ 6.10 Includes New Test Enhancements for Higher Quality Patient Care

Our growing ranks of clinical users around the world know how indispensible Neuro Kinetics’ VEST™ software is to performing neuro-physiologic, neuro-otologic, vestibular and neurological testing through our diagnostic equipment.

So when we release an updated version of the control and analysis software, our users take notice.

Version 6.10 of our VEST software is now available for downloading by warranty and software-subscription customers. Need instructions? E-mail Rich Mosovsky at rmosovsky@neuro-kinetics.com.

The updated 6.10 adds new features, enhances existing ones and correct bugs.

This most significant upgrade is the enhancement of the Dynamic Unilateral Centrifugation with SVV test. It was modified so that the user can collect multiple (two to four) SVV data points during each eccentric position. This allows for separate calculations of mean and standard deviation for each right, center and left patient positions. The results have also been added to the analysis and report feature in VEST.

Version 6.10 also includes improved user interfaces, including:

* The optokinetic test analysis table is now sorted by OKN velocity for easier viewing.

* The analysis simulation (animated playback of eye movement) page has been reorganized and relabeled for easier use during data review.

In addition, 10 bugs have been fixed.

Some of those fixes include:

* The VNG eye video file saving error.

* The upbeat and downbeat nystagmus labeling in the Gaze Horizontal, Gaze Vertical and Spontaneous Nystagmus Tests.

* The SHA Test analysis was modified to delete full cycles instead of partial cycles.

Working with our strategic partners at Bloomsburg University and Gallaudet University, we put this latest version of VEST through the most rigorous and extensive testing of any software version we have ever introduced – part of our commitment to continuous quality improvement.

For more information about VEST or any other NKI product or service, please contact Neuro Kinetics at +1.412.963.6649 or via e-mail to info@neuro-kinetics.com.

About Neuro Kinetics, Inc.

Neuro Kinetics, Inc. (NKI) is the world leader in eye-tracking technology and non-invasive neuro-otologic diagnostic testing. Central to its product mix and technological advances is the premise that the eye is the portal to the brain. Research has shown the detection of abnormal eye reflexes can indicate the presence of more than 200 diseases and medical conditions.

For more than 25 years, NKI has supplied multi-modal neuro-otologic diagnostic tools to audiologists, ENT’s, neuro-otologists, neuro-ophthalmologists and neurologists around the globe. The company’s patented products include the I-Portal® NOTC (Neuro-Otologic Test Center), I-Portal® VNG (Video Nystagmography) and I-Portal® VOG (Video Oculography), along with related accessories, software, training and support services.

For service in Canada call AIM!

Phonak was awarded a Red Dot Award for 2011 for its SoundField speaker the DigiMaster 5000.

Murten, Switzerland, May, 2011 – The DigiMaster 5000 loudspeaker by Phonak, a key component of the company’s Dynamic SoundField classroom amplification system, has been awarded a Red Dot 2011 Product Design award.

Dynamic SoundField Loudspeaker Wins Red Dot Product Design Award

A Red Dot jury of 36 distinguished design experts examined 4,433 entries from more than 60 nations this year – from Algeria to the United States – with the DigiMaster 5000 now officially considered by Red Dot to be “among the best of the design industry worldwide”.

“’Soundfield’ classroom amplification systems are enjoying growing success with school directors, teachers and parents as they learn more about the speech intelligibility and student performance benefits this technology offers,” said Alexander Zschokke, acting CEO of Phonak. “This Red Dot award once again shows how Phonak not only leads in technology but also in design, making Dynamic SoundField a stylish and aesthetically pleasing addition to any classroom.”

The DigiMaster’s Red Dot award means both key components of the Dynamic SoundField classroom amplification system are now Red Dot recognized, after the system’s inspiro teacher transmitter was awarded a similar product design award following its launch in 2007.

The DigiMaster 5000 loudspeaker will now be featured at the Red Dot design museum, Germany and within the Red Dot Design Yearbook 2011/2012 (available in the coming months from www.red-dot.de).

About Dynamic SoundField

Phonak’s Dynamic SoundField is the world’s first soundfield system to offer industry-leading sound quality, intelligent automated settings and a transmission mode to suit every student listener. Learn more at www.dynamicsoundfield.com or Call AIM!  1-800-444-9386

AIM Instrumentation and Phonak team up to promote the latest in Dynamic SoundField Systems!

AIM Instrumentation is pleased to announce a new line of Dynamic SoundField products – in our opinion the Best in the World – the new Phonak Dynamic SoundField Systems!

Phonak Announces a New Era in Amplification!

Dynamic SoundField by Phonak ushers in a new era in classroom and facilities amplification, solving today’s soundfield issues by offering industry-leading sound performance, fully automated settings, and hassle-free integration with Phonak’s FM systems for hearing impaired individuals.

Just plug it in, turn on and speak!

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